Dr Julie O’Connell Kent (pronouns: she/her) is a Counselling Psychologist, registered with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). She has received a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (D.Couns.Psych.) from Trinity College Dublin, and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Psychology. She has a range of experience working in private care, community mental health, university, inpatient and primary care settings. She works with people on both a long and a short-term basis, depending on each person’s particular needs.
She takes a particular interest in working with anxiety, panic, obsessional / intrusive thoughts and compulsions. She also frequently works with people who have difficulties with eating disorders. Her other interests include working with people who experience low mood, difficulties with self-worth or self-criticism, suicidal ideation, self-harm, bereavement, loneliness, relationship problems, substance use (drug or alcohol) issues and recovery from abuse or trauma.
Julie takes an integrative, trauma-informed therapeutic approach, which focuses on the individual needs of the client. Following a comprehensive assessment process, her therapeutic style is informed by her training in a variety of modalities to adapt to what would be most helpful for each person. She integrates compassion-focused therapy (CFT), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and emotion-focused therapy (EFT) into her clinical practice. A primary focus on the role of emotions in our lives, and the practice of transforming (rather than suppressing) painful emotions, is a common theme within her work.
A focus on social justice runs through her practice, and Julie takes a particular interest in working with people who experience marginalisation due to their gender identity, sexuality, migrant or ethnic status. She is aware of the additional financial stress that marginalisation can place upon people within these communities, and offers a reduced rate to those who need it.
She takes a strong interest in research, having worked for a number of years within the field of academic psychological research. She is enthusiastic about keeping abreast of developments within the area of emerging therapeutic approaches, and is happy to discuss her approach with clients or people interested in starting psychological therapy.
Her website, with additional information, can be found at renewpsychologicalservices.ie.